Ireland’s Under-21 men moved within a point of promotion to the top tier of European Junior hockey as they swept aside Italy 9-2 in Portugal.
With progression assured, Ireland’s Under-21 men needed victory to get their promotion pool up and running with three points for a win but they came up against a feisty hosting Portugal side who snatched a late draw.
Coach David Passmore praised his side’s ability to dig deep as Ireland twice came from behind to grab the draw they needed to progress to the winner’s pool in the women’s EuroHockey Junior Championships II and now have a two in three chance of promotion to the top tier.
Ireland’s Under-21 men are through to play in the final four promotion group in Lousada, Portugal as they bounced back from a sticky first half to run out big winners for the second day running.
Chloe Brown’s hat trick has put Ireland in a strong position to progress to the promotion pool as they eventually broke down a defensive-minded Lithuania in their opening European tie in Vienna.
Nick Burns led from the front as his pair of penalty corner goals saw Ireland’s Under-21 men start their European championship campaign in flying form with a 5-2 win over Russia in Lousada, Portugal.
Ireland’s Under-16 girls and boys produced six comprehensive performances to end the weekend with a perfect record from their respective three-game series with Wales.
Ireland shared both the boys and girls Under-16 three-game series in Dundee over the weekend, each side winning, drawing and losing one game a piece in front of good crowds in fine weather.
Ireland’s U-18 boys and girls completed clean sweeps against Scotland this week in Dublin with both running up three successive victories.
Ireland’s U-21s found Germany too clinical at Newtonabbey as they fell to a 5-1 loss, meaning that overall victory from the Four Nations tournament was beyond them after good performances against Scotland and England.
Ireland’s U-21s produced a controlled performance to sweep aside Scotland 5-1 in Johnny Caren’s first game in charge, starting their Four Nations campaign in style at a frosty Newtonabbey.
A preliminary panel of 27 players has been named for the Irish U-21 men as their preparations begin for the 2014 European championships. They will play a four nations tournament in Mossley in February as part of their preparations
With Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands following the lead of Germany and England in pulling out of the European U-16 championships, Ireland have followed suit and will not play next summer in the event
For the second time in three games, Ireland were left with late heartbreak as Russia held their nerve to win a penalty shoot-out that saw the little green army relegated to the B division of European hockey.
Ireland face a must-win tie against Russia on Sunday if they are to avoid relegation from the EuroHockey U-18 girls ‘A division’ as Belgium’s 4-1 win meant they retained their place at this level of competition.
This weekend sees the culmination of two years building toward this classification weekend for coach Richie Malone, his coaching and management team; The Hook spoke to Malone, Mary Goode and Gerry Heaney about how they have prepared
Ines Lardeur burst Ireland’s medal hopes with a penalty corner rocket three minutes from time to see France through to the semi-finals of the girls U-18 European championships in Belfield.
Tournament favourites the Netherlands swept Ireland aside with a classy 6-0 win at Belfield this evening, making them the first confirmed EuroHockey U-18 girls youth championships semi-finalists.
Ireland’s U-18 girls showed a composed edge to eventually see off a resolute Wales to start their EuroHockey Youth Championships with a 5-0 win at Belfield.
Irish U-18 coach Richie Malone says that while his side’s preparations have been limited in some respects, he says that his team is in great shape ahead of this week’s EuroHockey U-18 girls championships in Belfield.